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comparisons to the past conventions where there was so much excitement, for this candidate who had overcome the clinton machine. we will be reminded of the 2008 convention and comparisons will be made. i don't see the same excitement for broccoli, that there was last time around. it will have something to do with the old, -- obama record. >> the biggest advantage for the president as he was not challenged in the primaries. historically we reelect those not challenged by their own parties. he has the worst economy and if he wins, it will be for the second time, truly historic. ronald reagan in 1984, 7.2 and dropped continuously the year before. it has ticked up a little bit in
recent months. it will be because of the demographic shifts and the ability to persuade voters although it is not what they wish for, it is better than the alternative. dodge both on your way to charlotte >> dodge the convention hub has turned democratic for the charlotte convention. you can watch everything on line and you can see a lot of archival video. thank you for joining us on "newsmakers peak well -- "newsmakers." >> al gore as he accepted the nomination at the 1992 convention. he stayed out of the 1992 campaign partly because his son had been hit by a car a few years earlier. his speeches about half an hour. [applause]
thank you. thank you. thank you, ladies and gentlemen. thank you very much. beene to tell you, i've dreaming of this moment since i was a kid growing up in tennessee, that one day i'd have the chance to come here to madison square garden and be the warm-up act for elvis. my friends, i thank you for your confidence expressed in the
vote this evening. i pledge to pour my heart and soul into this crusade on behalf of the american people. and i accept your nomination for the vice-presidency of the united states of america. i did not seek this nomination, nor did i expect it. but i am here to join this team because i love my country and because i believe in my heart that together bill clinton and i offer the american people the best chance we have as a nation
to move forward in the right direction again. i'm here because the country i love has a government that is failing our people, failing the forgotten majority in your home town and mine, those who scrimp and save and work hard all their lives to build a better life for their children. i'm here to renew a journey our founders began more than 200 years ago. in my lifetime i have seen america's ideals and dreams change the world, and i believe that now is the time to bring those ideals and dreams home,
here, to change america. our country is in trouble. and while george bush and dan quayle have been making excuses for deadlock and delay, people in other nations, inspired by the eternal promise of america, have torn down the berlin wall, brought communism to its knees and forced a racist government in south africa to turn away from apartheid. throughout the world, obstacles to liberty that many thought might stand forever turned out to simply be no match for men
and women who decided in their hearts that their future could be much greater than their past would let them dream. their faith in the power of conscience and their confidence in the force of truth required a leap of the human spirit. can we say truthfully that their chance for change was better than ours? and yet, we face our own crisis of the spirit here and now in america. we're told we can no longer change; we've seen our better days. they even say, we're history. the cynics are having a field day because across this country millions of american families
have been betrayed by a government out of touch with our values and beholden to the privileged few. millions of people. millions of people are losing faith in the very idea of democracy and are even in danger of losing heart because they fear their lives may no longer have any deeper meaning or purpose. but you can't kill hope that easily, not in america, not here, where a cynic is just a disappointed idealist in disguise, a dreamer yearning to dream again. in every american, no matter how badly betrayed or poorly led, there is always hope.
even now, if you listen, you can hear the pulse of america's true spirit. no, the american spirit isn't gone. but we vow here tonight that in november george bush and dan quayle will be history. i'm not saying they're bad people, but their approach to governing this country has badly failed. they have taxed the many to enrich the few. and it is time for them to go.
they have given us false choices, bad choices and no choice, and it is time for them to go. they have ignored the suffering of those who are victims of aids, of crime, of poverty, of ignorance, of hatred and harassment. it is time for them to go. they have nourished and appeased tyrannies and endangered america's deepest
interests while betraying our cherished ideals. it is time for them to go. they have mortgaged our children's future to avoid the decisions they lack the courage to make. it is time for them to go. they embarrassed our nation when the whole world was asking for american leadership in confronting the environmental crisis. it is time for them to go. they have demeaned our democracy with the politics of distraction, denial and despair.
what time is it? what time is it? what time is it? >> it's time for them to go! [applause] >> the american people. the american people are disgusted with excuses and tired of blame. they know that throughout american history each generation has passed on leadership to the next. that time has come again. the time for a new generation of leadership for the united states of america to take over from george bush and dan quayle.
and you know what that means for them. it's time for them to go. ladies and gentlemen, in 1992 our challenge is not to elect the last president of the 20th century but to elect the first president of the 21st century, president bill clinton. bill clinton has a plan that offers real answers for the real problems of real people. a bold new economic strategy to rebuild this country and put our people back to work. and if you want to know what bill clinton can do, take a look at what he has already
done. for more than a decade he has been fighting against incredible odds to bring good jobs, better skills and genuine hope to one of the poorest states in our country. a decade ago when his state needed dramatic reform to shake up one of the poorest school systems in america, bill clinton took on the established interests and made arkansas the first state to require teacher testing. he has cut classroom size, raised test scores above the national average, and earned the support of both teachers and parents who now know bill clinton will be the real education president for this country. for most of the last decade,
while the republicans have been trying to use welfare to divide us, bill clinton has led the fight to reform the welfare system, to move people off welfare and into the work force. and he did all this while balancing eleven budgets in a row. let me say that again: while balancing eleven budgets in a row and giving the people of arkansas one of the lowest tax burdens in the country. no wonder arkansas under bill clinton has been creating manufacturing jobs at ten times the national rate. and no wonder that when all of the nation's governors, republicans and democrats alike, were asked to vote on who was the most effective governor in all the land, by an overwhelming margin they chose bill clinton.
what we need in america in 1992 is a president who will unleash the best in us by putting faith in the decency and good judgment of our people, a president who will challenge us to be true to our values and examine the ways in which our own attitudes are sometimes barriers to the progress we seek. i'm convinced that america is ready to be inspired and lifted again by leaders committed to seeking out the best in our society, developing it and strengthening it. i've spent much of my career working to protect the environment, not only because it is vital to the future of my
state of tennessee, our country and our earth, but because i believe there is a fundamental link between our current relationship to the earth and the attitudes that stand in the way of human progress. for generations we have believed that we could abuse the earth because we were somehow not really connected to it, but now we must face the truth. the task of saving the earth's environment must and will become the central organizing principle of the post cold war world. and just as the false assumption that we are not connected to the earth has led to the ecological crisis, so the equally false assumption that we
are not connected to each other has led to our social crisis. even worse, the evil and mistaken assumption that we have no connection to those generations preceding us or those who will follow us has led to the crisis of values we face today. those are the connections that are missing from our politics today. those are the bridges we must rebuild if we are to rebuild our country. and those are the values we must honor if we are to recapture the faith in the future that has always been the heart of the american dream. we have another challenge as well. in the wake of the cold war
with the reemergence of ancient ethnic and racial hatreds throughout the world, the united states must once again prove that there is a better way. just as we accepted as a people, on behalf of all humankind, the historic mission of proving that political freedom is the best form of government and that economic freedom is the best engine of prosperity, we must now accept the obligation of proving that freedom from prejudice is the heart and soul of community, that, yes, we can get along. yes, people of all backgrounds cannot only live together peacefully but enrich one
another, celebrate diversity and come together as one. yes, we will be one people and live the dream that will make this world free. in the end, this election isn't about politics. it isn't even about winning, though that's what we're gonna do. this election is about the responsibilities that we owe one another, the responsibilities we owe our children, the calling we hear to serve our country and to be a part of a community larger than ourselves. you've heard a lot in the past week about how much bill
clinton and i have in common. indeed, we both share the values we learned in our home towns, individual responsibility, faith, family and the belief that hard work should be rewarded. we're both fathers with young children, children who are part of a generation whose very future is very much at stake in this election. and we're both proud of our wives, hillary clinton and tipper gore, two -- two women who have done more for the children of this country in the last 12 years than the last two men who have sat in the oval office have done in their entire lifetimes.
i'm proud my father and mother could be here tonight to see me join a ticket that will make good on the best advice they ever gave me: to tell the truth and always love my country. my sister and i were born to two wonderful people who worked hard to give us a better life. 1992 is the year of the woman.
it's also the 46th anniversary of the year my mother, born in a time when women weren't even allowed to vote, became one of the first women to graduate from vanderbilt law school. my father was a teacher in a one-room school who worked his way to the united states senate. i was eight years old when my father's name was placed in nomination for the vice- presidency before the democratic convention in 1956. and growing up, i watched him stand courageously for civil rights, economic opportunity and a government that worked for ordinary people.
i don't know what it's like to lose a father, but i know what it's like to lose a sister and almost lose a son. i wish my late sister, nancy, could be here this evening. but i am grateful beyond words for the blessings that my family has shared. three years ago, my son, albert, was struck by a car crossing the street after watching a baseball game in baltimore. tipper and i watched as he was thrown 30 feet through the air
and scraped another 20 feet on the pavement after he hit the ground. i ran to his side and held him and called his name, but he was limp and still, without breath or pulse. his eyes were open with the empty stare of death. and we prayed, the two of us there in the gutter, with only my voice. his injuries inside and out were massive, and for terrible days he lingered between life and death. tipper and i spent the next 30 days and nights there at his bedside. our family was lifted and healed in no small measure by an incredible outpouring of love and compassion and prayers
from thousands and thousands of people, most of whom we never even knew. albert is plenty brave and strong, and with the support of three wonderful sisters, korrina, kristin and sarah, and two loving parents, who helped him with his exercises every morning and prayed for him every night, he pulled through. and now, thank god, he has fully recovered and runs and plays and torments his older sisters like any little boy. but ladies and gentlemen, i want to tell you this straight
from my heart: that experience changed me forever. when you've seen your six-year- old son fighting for his life, you realize that some things matter a lot more than winning. you lose patience with the lazy assumption of so many in politics that we can always just muddle through. when you've seen your reflection in the empty stare of a boy waiting for his second breath of life, you realize that we were not put here on earth to look out for our needs alone. we are part of something much larger than ourselves. all of us are part of something much greater than we are capable of imagining.
and, my friends, if you look up for a moment from the rush of your daily lives, you will hear the quiet voices of your country crying out for help. you will see your reflection in the weary eyes of those who are losing hope in america, and you will see that our democracy is lying there in the gutter waiting for us to give it a second breath of life. i don't care what party you're in, whether you're an independent, whether you have been tempted to just give up completely on the whole political process, we want you
to join this common effort to unite our country behind a higher calling. if you have been supporting ross perot, i want to make a special plea to you this evening -- stay involved. you have already changed politics in this country for the better. keep on fighting for change! [applause] the time has come for all america to be a part of the healing. in the words of the bible, "do not lose heart. this nation will be renewed."
[applause] in order to renew our nation we must renew ourselves. just as america has always transcended the hopes and dreams of every other nation on earth, so must we transcend ourselves, and in condi's words, become the change we wish to see in the world. [applause] let those of us alive today resolve with one another that we will so conduct ourselves in
this campaign and in our lives, that 200 years from now americans will stay of our laborers that this nation and this earth were healed by people they never even knew. [applause] i'm told that hope, arkansas, is indeed a lot like my hometown of carthage, tennessee, a place where people do know about it when you're born and care about it when you die. that's the america bill clinton and i grew up in. that's the kind of nation we want our children to grow up in
>> arkansas governor bill clinton accepting the democratic nomination in 1992. this is the first campaign after the persian gulf war in 1990. before facing president bush in the general election, governor clinton emerged from the democratic primary against former california governor jerry brown, senators tom harkin and bob kerry and bob zonk -- czonkas. his speech is a little under an hour. . . . [cheers and applause]
host -- [cheers and applause] my fellow delegates and my fellow americans, i am so proud of al gore. [cheers and applause] he said he came here tonight because he always wanted to do the warm-up for elvis. well, i ran for president this year for one reason, and one reason only -- i wanted to come back to this convention and finish that speech i started four years ago. [cheers and applause] last night mario cuomo taught us how a real nominating speech
should be given. [applause] he also made it clear why we have to steer our ship of state on a new course. tonight i want to talk with you about my hope for the future, my faith in the american people, and my vision of the kind of country we are build together. i salute the good men who were my campaign companions on the campaign trail. tom harkins. [cheers and applause] bob kerry. doug wilder. jerry brown. [cheers and applause]
one sentence in the platform we built says it all -- the most important family policy, urban policy, labor policy, minority policy and foreign policy america can have is an expanding entrepreneurial economy of high wage, high-skilled jobs. [cheers and applause] and so in the name of all those who do the twork, pay the taxes, raise the kids and play by the rules, in the name of hard-working americans who make up our forgotten middle class, i proudly accept your nomination for president of the united states. [cheers and applause]
i am a product of that middle class, and when i am president you will be forgotten no more. [cheers and applause] we meet at a special moment in history, you and i. the cold war is over. soviet communism has collapsed, and our values, freedom, democracy, individual rights, free enterprise, they have triumph fled all around the world, and yet just as we have won the cold war abroad, we are losing the battle for economic
opportunity and social justice here at home. now that we have changed the world, it's time to change america. [cheers and applause] i have newses for the forces of greed and the defenders of the status quo. your time has come and gone. it's time for a change in america. [applause] tonight 10 million of our fellow americans are out of work. tens of millions more work harder for lower pay. the incumbent president says unemployment always goes up a little before a recovery begins. but unemployment only has to go up by one more person before a
real recovery can begin. [applause] and mr. president, you are that man. this election is about putting power back in your hands and putting the government back on your side. it's about putting people first. [applause] you know, i said that all across the country, and whenever i do someone always comes back at me, as a young man did just this week at a town meeting, at the henry street settlement on the lower
east side of manhattan. he said, "that sounds good, bill, but you're a politician. why should i trust you?" tonight, as plainly as i can, i want to tell you who i am, what i believe and where i want to lead america. [applause] i never met my father. he was killed in a car wreck on a rainy road three months before i was born driving from chicago to arkansas to see my mother. after that my mother had to support us. so we lived with my grandparents while she went back to louisiana to study nursing. [cheers and applause] i can still clearly see her tonight through the eyes of a
3-year-old kneeling at the railroad station and weeping as she put me on the train back to arkansas with my grandmother. she endourd that pain because she knew her sacrifice was the only way she could support me and give me a better life. my mother taught me. she taught me about family and hard work and sacrifice. she held steady through tragedy after tragedy, and she held our family, my brother and i, together through tough times. as a child i watched her go off to work each day at a time when it wasn't always easy to be a working mother. as an adult i've watched her fight off breast cancer, and again she has taught me a lesson in courage, and always, always she taught me to fight.
that's why i'll fight to create high-paying jobs, so that parents can afford to raise their children today. that's why i'm so committed to make sure every american gets the health care that saves my mothers' lives. and that women's health care gets the same attention as men. [cheers and applause] that's why i'll fight to make sure women in this country receive respect and dignity whether they work in the home, out of the home, or both. [cheers and applause] you want to know where i get my fighting spirit?
it all started with my mother. thank you, mother. i love you. [applause] when i think about opportunity for all americans, i think about my grandfather. he ran a country store in our little town of hope. there were no food stamps back then, so when his customers, whether they were white or black, who worked hard and did the best they could came in with no money, well, he gave them food anyway. just made a note of it. so did i. before i was big enough to see over the counter, i learned from him to look up to people other folks looked down on.
my grandfather just had a high-school education, a grade-school education, but in that country store he taught me more about equality in the eyes of the lord than all my professors at georgetown. more about the intrinsic worth of every individual than all the philosophers at oxford. more about the need for equal justice under the law than all the jurists at yale law school. [applause] if you want to know where i come by the passionate commitment i have to bringing people together without regard to race, it all started with my grandfather. i learned a lot from another person, too, a person who for more than 20 years has worked hard to help our children,
paying the price of time to make sure our schools don't fail them, someone who traveled our state for a year studying, learning, listening, going to p.t.a. meetings, school board meetings, town hall meetings, putting together a package of school reforms recognized around the nation, doing it all while building a distinguished legal career and being a wonderful loving mother. that person is my wife. [applause] hillary taught me. she taught me that all children can learn and that each of us has a duty to help them do it. so if you want to know why i care so much about our children and our future, it all started
with hillary. i love you. frankly, i'm fed up with politicians in washington rec during the rest of us about family values. our families have values, but our government doesn't. [cheers and applause] i want an american where family values live in our actions, not just in our speeches. , an america that includes every family, every traditional family and every extended
family, every two-parent family, every single-parent family and every foster family. every family. [cheers and applause] i do want to say something to the fathers in this country who have chosen to abandon their children by neglecting their child support. take responsibility for your children, or we will force you to do so. [cheers and applause] because governments don't raise
children, parents do, and you should. and i want to say something to every child in america tonight who's out there trying to grow up without a father or a mother -- i know how you feel. you're special, too. you matter to america. and don't you ever let anybody tell you you can't become whatever you want to be. [cheers and applause] and if other politicians make you feel like you're not a part of their family, come on and be part of ours. [cheers and applause]
the thing that makes me angriest about what's gone wrong in the last few years is that our government has lost touch with our values, while our politicians continue to shout about them. i'm tired of it. [cheers and applause] i was raised to believe the american dream was built on rewarding hard work. but we have seen the folks in washington turn the american ethic on its head. for too long those who play by the rules and keep the faith have gotten the shaft.
and those who have cut corners and cut deals have been rewarded. people are working harder than ever, spending less time with their children working nights and weekends at their jobs, instead of going to p.t.a. and little league or scouts, and their incomes are still going down. [cheers and applause] their taxes are still going up and the cost of health care, housing and education are going through the roof. meanwhile more and more of our best people are falling into poverty, even though they work 40 hours a week. our people are pleading for change, but government is in the way. it's been hijacked by privileged private interests. it's forgotten who really pays
the bills around here. it's taking more of your money and given you less in return. we have got to go beyond the brain-dead politics in washington and give the people the kind of government they deserve, a government that works for them! [cheers and applause] a president ought to be a powerful force for progress, but right now i know how president lincoln felt when general mcclellan wouldn't attack in the civil war. he asked him, "if you're not going to use your army, may i borrow it?" [laughter] and so i say, george bush, if
theory. we have gone from first to 13th in the world in wages since reagan and bush have been in office. four years ago candidate bush said america is a special place , not just another pleasant country someplace on the roll call between albania and zimbabwe. now under president bush, america has an unpleasant economy stuck somewhere between germany and sri lanka. and for most americans, mr. president, life's a lot less kind and a lot less gentle than it was before your administration took office. [cheers and applause]
rest of the world will not look down on us with pity, but up to us with respect again. [cheers and applause] what is george bush doing about our economic problems? four years ago he promised 50 million new jobs by this time, and he's over 14 million short. al gore and i can do better. he has raised taxes on the people driving pickup trucks and lowered taxes on the people driving limousines.
we can do better. he promised to balance the budget, but he hasn't even tried. in fact, the budget he has submitted to congress nearly doubled the debt. even worse, he wasted billions and reduced our investments in education and jobs. we can do better. so if you are sick and tired of a government that doesn't work to create jobs, if you're sick and tired of a tax system that's stacked against you, if you're sick and tired of exploding debt and reduced investments in our future, or if, like the great civil rights pioneer, fannie lou hamer, you're just plain old tired of being sick and tired -- [cheers and applause]
-- join us, work with us, win with us, and we can make our country the country it was meant to be! [cheers and applause] now, george bush talked a good game, but he has no game plan to rebuild america from the city to the suburbs to the countryside so that we can compete and win again in the global economy. i do. [applause] he won't take on the big insurance companies and the bureaucracy to control health costs and give us affordable health care for all americans, but i will. [cheers and applause]
he won't even implement the recommendations of his own commission on aids, but i will. [cheers and applause] he won't streamline the federal government and change the way it works, cut 100,000 bureaucrats and put 100,000 new police officers on the streets of american cities, but i will. [cheers and applause] he's never balanced a government budget, but i have -- 11 times. [applause] he won't break the stranglehold the special interests have on
our elections and the lobbyists have on our government, but i will. [cheers and applause] he won't give mothers and fathers the simple chance to take some time off from work when a baby is born or a parent is sick, but i will. [cheers and applause] we're losing our farms at a rapid rate, and he has no commitment to keep family farms in the family, but i do. [cheers and applause] he's talked a lot about drugs but he hasn't helped people on the front line to wage that war on drugs and crime, but i will. [applause]
he won't take the lead in protecting the environment and creating new jobs in environmental technologies by the 21st century, but i will. [cheers and applause] you know what else? he doesn't have al gore, and i do. [cheers and applause] just in case you didn't notice, that's gore with an e on the end.
pro-choice. i believe this difficult and painful decision should be left to the women of america. [cheers and applause] i hope the rights to privacy can be protected and we will never again have to discuss this issue on political platforms. [cheers and applause] but i am old enough to remember what it was like before rowe v. wade and i do not want to return to the time when we make criminals of women and their doctors. [applause] jobs, education, health care,
these are not just commitments from my lips, they are the work of my life. [applause] our priorities must be clear. we will put our people first again. [cheers and applause] but priorities without a clear plan of action are just empty words. to turn our rhetoric into reality, we've got to change the way government does business fundamentally. until we do, we'll continue to pour billions of dollars down the drain. the republicans have campaigned against big government for a generation, but have you noticed? they've ruined this big government for a generation.
and they haven't changed a thing. they don't want to fix government. they still want to campaign against it and that's all. [applause] about but my fellow democrats, it's time for us to realize that we've got some changing to do, too. there is not a program in government for every problem, and if we want to use government to help people, we have got to make it work again. [applause] because we are committed in this convention and in this platform to making these changes, we are, as democrats, in the words that ross perot himself spoke today, a revitalized democratic party. [cheers and applause]
i am well aware that all those millions of people who rallied to ross perot's cause wanted to be in an arm of patriots for change. tonight i say to them, join us and together we will revitalize america. [cheers and applause] i don't have all the answers, but i do know the old ways don't work. trickle-down economics has sure
failed, and big bureaucracies, both private and public, they have failed, too. that's why we need a new approach to government, a government that offers more empowerment and less entitlement, more choices for young people in the schools they attend and the public schools they attend, and more choices for the elderly and for people with disabilities and the long-term care they receive. [cheers and applause] a government that is leaner, not meaner. a government that expands opportunity, not bureaucracy. a government that understands that jobs must come from growth in a vibrant and vital system of free enterprise. i call this approach a new
covenant, a solemn agreement between the people and their government based simply not on what each of us can take, but what all of us must give to our nation. [applause] we offer our people a new choice based on old values. we offer opportunity. we demand responsibility. we will build an american community again. the choice we offer is not conservative or liberal. in many ways it's not even republican or democratic. it's different, it's new, and it will work. [cheers and applause] it will work because it is rooted in the vision and the values of the american people. of all the things george bush
has ever said that i disagree with, perhaps the thing that bothers me most is how he derides and degrades the american tradition of seeing and seeking a better future. he mocks it as the vision thing. but just remember what the scripture says -- "where there is no vision, the people perish." [cheers and applause] i hope nobody in this great hall tonight or in our beloved country has to go through tomorrow without a vision.
i hope no one ever terrorize to raise a child without -- tries to raise a child without a vision. i hope nobody ever starts a business or plants a crop in the ground without a vision, for where there is no vision, the people perish. we have smany children in so much trouble in so many places in this nation and the reason is because they have seen so little opportunity, so little responsibility, so little loving, caring communities that they literally cannot imagine the life we are calling them to lead. [applause] and so i say to them, where there is no vision, america will perish.
what is the vision of our new covenant? an america with millions of new jobs and dozens of new industries moving confidently toward the 21st century. an america that says to entrepreneurs and business people, we will give you more incentives and more opportunity than ever before to develop the skills of your workers and to create american jobs and american wealth in the new global economy. [cheers and applause] but you must do your part. you must be responsible. american companies must act like american companies again exporting product, not jobs. [cheers and applause]
that's what this new covenant is all about, an america in which the doors of college are thrown open once again to the sons and daughters of stenographers and steelworkers. we'll say everybody can borrow the money to go to college, but you must do your part -- you must pay it back from your paychecks, or better yet by going back home and serving your communities. [cheers and applause] just think of it. millions of energetic young men and women serving their country by policing the streets or teaching the children or caring for the sick or working with the elderly and people with disabilities, or helping young people to stay off drugs and
out of gangs, giving us all a sense of new hope and limitless possibilities. that's what this new covenant is all about. [cheers and applause] an america in which health care is a right, not a privilege. [cheers and applause] in which we say to all of our people, your government has the courage finally to take on the health care profiteers and make health care affordable for every family. [applause] but you must do your part -- preventative care, prenatal care, childhood immunization, saving lives, saving money, saving families from heartbreak.
that's what the new covenant is all about. an america in which middle-class incomes, not middle-class taxes, are going up. an america, yes, in which the wealthiest few, those making over $200,000 a year, are asked to pay their fair share. [cheers and applause] an america in which the rich are not soaked, but the middle class is not drowned either. [cheers and applause] responsibility starts at the top. that's what the new covenant is all about, an america where we end welfare as we know it. we will say to those on welfare , you will have and you deserve the opportunity through
training and education, through child care and medical coverage, to liberate yourself. [applause] but then when you can, you must work, because welfare should be a second chance, not a way of life. that's what the new covenant is all about. an america where the world's strongest defense is ready, and willing to use force when necessary, an america at the forefront of the global effort to preserve and protect our common environment and promoting global growth, an america that will not coddle tyrants from bag dad to -- baghdad to beijing.
[cheers and applause] an america that champions the cause of freedom and democracy from eastern europe to southern africa and in our own hemisphere in haiti and cuba. [applause] the end of the cold war permits us to reduce defense spending while still maintaining the strongest defense in the world. but we must plow back every dollar of defense cuts into building american jobs right hero at home. i know well that the world needs a strong america, but we have learned that strength
begins at home. [applause] the new covenant is about more than opportunities and responsibilities for you and your families. it's also about our common communities. tonight every one of you knows deep in your heart that we are too divided. it is time to heal america. [cheers and applause] and so we must say to every american, look beyond the
stereotypes that bind us. we need each other. all of us, we need each other. we don't have a person to waste, and yet for too long politicians have polled the most of us that are doing all right that what's really wrong with america is the rest of us, them, them the minorities, them the liberals, them the poor, them the homeless, them the people with disabilities, them the gaze. we've gotten to where we've nearly them'd ourselves to death, them and them and them. [cheers and applause]
that is our pledge of allegiance and that's what the new covenant is all about. [applause] how do i know we can come together and make change happen? because i have seen it in my own state. in arkansas we are working together and we're making progress. no, there's no arkansas miracle, but there are a lot of miraculous people. and because of them our schools are better, our wages are higher, our factories are busier, our water is cleaner, and our budget is balanced. we're moving ahead. [applause]
i wish -- i wish i could say the same thing about america under the incumbent president. he took the richest country in the world and brought it down. he -- we took one of the poorest states in america and lifted it up. and so i say to all of those in this campaign season who had criticized arkansas, come on down. it's special. especially if you're from washington, come on down. sure, you'll see us struggling against some of the problems we
haven't solved yet, but you'll also see a lot of great people doing amazing things, and you might even learn a thing or two. in the end, my fellow americans, this new covenant simply asks us all to be americans again. old-fashioned americans for a new time. opportunity, responsibility, community. when we pull together, america will pull ahead. throughout the whole history of this condition we have seen time and time and time again when we are united we are unstoppable. [cheers and applause] we can seize this moment, make it exciting and energizing and
heroic to be american again. we can renew our faith in each other and in ourselves. we can restore our sense of unity and community. as the scripture says, our eyes have not yet seen nor our ears heard nor our minds imagined what we can build. [cheers and applause] but i can't do this alone. no president can. we must do it together. it won't be easy and it won't be quick. we didn't get into this mess overnight and we won't get out of it overnight, but we can do it with commitment, creativity, diversity and drive! [cheers and applause] we can do it! [cheers and applause] we can do it!
we can do it! we can do it! we can do it! we can do it! we can do ! [crowd chanting "we can do it! ] >> i want every person in this hall and every person in this land to reach out and join us in a great new adventure, to chart a bold new future. as a teenager i heard john kennedy's summons to citizenship, and then as a student at georgetown i heard that call clarified by a professor named carol quigley, who said to us that america was the greatest nation in history because our people have always
believed in two things -- that tomorrow can be better than today and that every one of us has a personal, moral responsibility to make it so. [cheers and applause] that kind of future entered my life the night our daughter chelsea was born. as i sat in the delivery room i was overcome with the thought that god had given me a blessing my own father never knew -- the chance to hold my child in my arms. somewhere at this very moment a child is being born in america.
let it be our cause to give that child a happy home, a healthy family and a hopeful future. let it be our cause to see that that child has a chance to live to the fullest of her god-given capacity. [cheers and applause] let it be our cause to see that child grow up strong and secure, braced by her challenges, but never struggling alone with family and friends and a faith that in america no one is left out, no one is left behind. [cheers and applause] let it be our cause that when this child is able she gives something back to her chern, her community and her country
-- children, her community and her country. let it be our cause that we give this child a country that is coming together, not coming apart, a country of boundless hopes and endless dreams, a country that once again lifts its people and inspires the world. let that be our cause, our commitment and our new covenant . [cheers and applause] my fellow americans, i end tonight where it all began for me. i still believe in a place called hope. god bless you and god bless america. [cheers and applause]
>> on c-span a lot of the shows i like watching are "book tv," anything that's happening now, anything live. i'm looking for things that are -- court rulings, fallout from that, anything that is raw and unfiltered. you don't want to worry about a lot of commentary, talking heads. it's just unfiltered, it's pure. >> cody combs watches c-span on time warner cable. created by the cable companies in 1979, brought to you as a public service by your television provider. >> watch gavel-to-gavel coverage of the democratic convention from charlotte, north carolina, starting tuesday. every minute, every speech, live here on c-span. next, q&a with investment